“You voted for Trump?!” That’s what a fourth grader said to me as she marched up to my desk yesterday.
“No, I didn’t!”
“Yes, you did. Tennessee voted for Trump. Now, he’s going to be President,” she said.
I looked at the disgust/fear painted on her face and took a deep breath as I tried to explain the Electoral College. After two minutes, I succeeded in convincing her that I did not vote for Trump.
But I’m not sure I helped ease her fear. So, I dug into the Good Book this morning to see what it says about unjust leaders and how we should respond.
“For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil.” Isaiah 32:6a NIV
We know that Donald Trump is the Biblical definition of a fool. But like it or not, come January he will be headed to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Here’s seven verses that should:
- help you explain a Trump Presidency to your children
- guide them on where to place their hope
- and teach them how to respond.
1. God Can Change and Use ANYBODY
The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will – Proverbs 21: 1 KJV
2. God Is Not Sleeping On the Job
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees – Isaiah 10:1 NIV
3. Evil Doesn’t Go Unchecked
Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord – Romans 12: 19 KJV
4. God Has Good Plans for You
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” – Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
5. We Have Help
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13:6 NIV
6. We Must Forgive
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins – Matthew 6: 14- 15 NIV
7. Love Your Enemies & Pray
Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you. Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you – Luke 6: 27-28 KJV
I’m not gonna lie…
These verses are easier to read, than do. But placing our hope in anything other than God’s love and Word, is sinking sand.
Donald Trump is headed to the Oval Office. But King Jesus still reigns on the throne. And we, as believers, have a duty to demonstrate extraordinary acts of love, peace and grace at this moment in time.
BMWK: What other verses and principles can we look to in the dark days ahead?
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